FRANK E. JASPER.
Probably no officer in the administration of a county is more important to the public welfare than that of probation
officer and Napa county was fortunate when the present incumbent of that position was appointed, for the qualifications
of the man fitted so well into the requirements of the office that he has brought about a most wonderful and desirable
condition of things in this community. Frank E. Jasper was born on the 1st day of July, 1867, in the historic old
mining town of Confidence, Tuolumne county, in the Mother Lode mining district of California, and he is the son
of Francis and Catherine (Quigley) Jasper, the former a native of Germany and the latter of Ireland. The father
came to California in 1853, walking all the way across the isthmus of Panama.
Frank E. Jasper secured his education in the country schools and the grammar school of Sonora, having been reared
on a farm in that neighborhood. On attaining mature years he engaged in fruit raising, principally apples, in Tuolumne
county, where he lived until 1912, when he came to Napa county and bought ten acres of land north of Napa, which
he planted to prunes and where he developed a fine home. In 1919 Mr. Jasper was appointed county probation officer
and has probably achieved a record not excelled, if equalled in the state of California. Not a boy of Napa county
is confined in any correctional institution. Cases frequently came before the juvenile court, but are so adjusted
that very few are sent to correctional institutions, a record of which Mr. Jasper is justly proud, for this condition
is largely due to his efforts in behalf of the youth of his county. He has long been active in the work of promotion
and sustaining of the Boy Scouts movement, one of the most efficient and popular agencies for the elevation of
boy character and ideals, and his efforts in this direction also are bearing good fruit. Nor is the performance
of his official duties merely perfunctory or because prescribed by law. He possesses a real love for the boys and
girls and an earnest desire to help them attain the highest standards in their daily lives, and thus lay the foundation
for good citizenship in their mature years.
Mr. Jasper is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons and of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and has passed
the chairs in the latter organization. He is also a member of the Kiwanis Club. He married Miss Annie Keyser, who
was born and reared in Tuolumne county, California. Personally, Mr. Jasper is a man of quiet and unobtrusive manner,
though very friendly in his social intercourse, and because of his efficient services, his fine character and genial
manner, he has won and retains the sincere respect and esteem of the entire community in which he lives.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Napa County, CA
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